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Slaughter "fired up" after Guiao's halftime words in Gilas Elites debut

Greg Slaughter finally got some taste of Gilas action. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--After a long time of waiting, Greg Slaughter finally made his Gilas Elites debut, albeit unofficial due to the game against Jordan being a tune-up, on Wednesday night at the Meralco Gym.

But at the same time, he also got a taste of what it is like being under Yeng Guiao's tutelage in-game.

"He's gotta a little fired under us. It's something I don't think I can say," Slaughter said after the game, even implying that Guiao may have hurled some choice words.

Slaughter somehow confirmed what Guiao said earlier Wednesday.

"Medyo pinagalitan ko [sina Greg at Japeth Aguilar] sa dugout. Sabi ko medyo konting bilis naman sa paa nila, reaction nila," Guiao quipped.

Guiao's words at the half worked wonders for Slaughter and the rest of Gilas as the team completed a comeback from 19 points down.

"It definitely fired us up. He got us out here motivated and play harder," Slaughter continued.

Slaughter, who finished with seven points, may have contributed more for Gilas if not for the heated altercation between Guiao and Joseph Steibing that forced the abrupt end to their friendly.

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"A lot of teams are gonna come playing physical. I don't know whether the teams think that we're gonna back down with the way we had with Australia, but we're not gonna back down with any team. We just gonna play our game. If they want another physical game, we'll be ready to play a physical game," Slaughter gave his thoughts on the commotion stemming from a hard foul by his Ginebra teammate Scottie Thompson and the ensuing reaction of the Jordanian who was fouled.

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